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 Early Years Event Supports Educators of Youngest Learners

​There’s still time to register for the 15th annual Early Years Conference, the region’s premier professional development experience for early care professionals.

The two-day event is set for Feb. 23 and Feb. 24 at Marina Village. Register now here. Two-day cost is $120; one-day fee is $75. Participants may earn up to 10.5 hours of professional development credit.

The 2018 conference theme is Transforming Teaching Practice to Facilitate Mindful Learning and Critical Thinking. Workshops will focus on two thematic strands: Leadership in Supporting Mindful Learning and Critical Thinking for Early Education Programs; and Supporting Mindful Learning and Critical Thinking in the Classroom.

The Early Years conference is presented by the San Diego County Office of Education’s (SDCOE) Early Education Programs and Services department, with support from First 5 San Diego and California Preschool Instructional Network. Organizers welcome participation from professionals in all areas of early care and early education, including providers, teachers, directors, and administrators who work in early care and education for infants, toddlers, preschool, transitional kindergarten, or kindergarten.

Organizers have planned a lineup of stimulating and thought-provoking workshops led by leading early education professionals. Topics include Inclusion Thinking: Understanding Behavior & Special Needs; Mindfulness Practices for Teachers; Outdoor Classroom: Flexible Routines, Flexible Learners; Growing Healthy Kids; Making Stories Come Alive; Building Healthy Relationships that Transform Classroom Learning Communities with the Sanford Harmony SEL Program; Brain Development in Infants and Toddlers; Using Picture Books to Foster Mindful Learning and Critical Thinking; and more.

“Quality early care makes the difference in the lives of children,” said SDCOE Early Education Program Specialist Eunice Munro said. “It’s important to provide exceptional professional development for the providers and educators caring for our youngest learners.”